I wish I had a dollar for every person that has phoned me and had a whinge about the price of genuine printer ink or about the reliability of their inkjet printer. Many folks believe that inkjet printers are one of the most annoying pieces of equipment on the planet and perhaps they are not far wrong. The modern inkjet printer is made to a budget and the average lifespan is around 18 months before either the print head dies or becomes blocked with congealed ink.
There are no new compatible chips on the market for the HP416 series toner cartridges so everyone is still left having to use the used OEM chips. This means chip availability will be a little bit patchy, meaning supply chain of cartridges that come pre-installed with used OEM chips will be patchy (our supplier can’t guarantee solid supply line for this series)
Many business owners are now turning to “Compatible” or “Re-manufactured” Toner Cartridges in an effort to save money. The modern compatible toners are guaranteed to be equal or to exceed the quality of the Genuine OEM Toners. There are so many companies online nowadays offering very cheap toner cartridges (all made in China).
If I had a dollar for every time a customer rang me that was frustrated with their printer not doing what it was told I would be much better off. We've all been there and know how frustrating it is when the printer won't respond, won't print because one colour has ran out or it starts printing 72 pages instead of the 3 you wanted.
The pursuit of the perfect printer to fit everybody's needs is never ending. Everybody is searching for a printer that is cheap to buy, cheap to run, reliable, no paper jams, will print, scan and copy. To add to this they also want the printer to have Wi-Fi, Duplex, high speed printing, to be a compact size and to work seamlessly with generic cartridges. Unfortunately there is no one printer that fits all of these criteria so as with any device there is always some kind of compromise to be made.
As printer manufacturers strive to stop the spread of non genuine cartridges their tactics are becoming more and more unscrupulous. What happens is the printer companies release a whole new series of printers and along with them they release cartridges for them with very high tech micro chips on them which are extremely hard to crack. As with any technology there is always someone out there with the know how to crack these chips.
There are several different types of printers, but the most common types that are used in homes and businesses are inkjet and laser printers. There are also a couple of less common printers, such as thermal printers and dot matrix printers, which we'll talk about later. So let's first take a look at inkjet printers. Inkjet printers are the most common type of printers that are used in homes. They are affordable, they produce photo quality results and they are more than adequate to suit the needs of a typical home user.
I've got a question that's deceptively complex. How does printer ink work? You probably haven't thought much about it, but this stuff is a common part of many of our lives. It's everywhere. First, ink and toner are two different things, despite the fact that lots of us use the words interchangeably. Ink is a liquid substance that you apply to a surface like paper. Toner on the other hand, is a solid polymer. It's sort of like very tiny plastic dust particle substance, and it relies on the physics of electrostatic attraction, pressure and heat.
Brother printers both inkjet and laser have a common issue with not detecting new cartridges when installed. Today we are looking at resetting a toner cartridge in a Brother MFC-L3750CDW laser printer. Always have your printer turned ON when replacing a cartridge and it's best to only replace them when you are prompted to do so. This usually reduces the chance of the cartridge needing to be manually reset although it's not guaranteed and in case of this the manual reset procedure is very easy to follow.
HP Print Consumables have stooped to an all time low by releasing yet another printer firmware update to combat the use of non genuine cartridges. As if the general population is not suffering enough, now consumers once again must throw out their generic cartridges and pay top dollar to replace them with over inflated HP cartridges.